Do you have any New Year's resolutions? I have some goals for the year, but I wouldn't necessarily say "resolution". I have a list of 20 things that I want to accomplish in the next 5 or so years (not a bucket list I hope!), and I did get a couple things knocked off the list earlier this year. It's more of things to better myself and help find some new passions in life, rather than just tasks to complete before I die. For example, I wanted to learn to play guitar -- check. While I was at it, I decided to add ukulele to the repertoire. I'm much better at guitar, but I can certainly play some uke songs too. And I also wanted to get my dog titled through AKC. We have a couple titles now, and I've had so much fun with it that I decided to go all the way through obedience. I hope to be able to compete for a Utility Dog title at the Boston Terrier Nationals, Chicago 2013. That's a pretty tall order actually, as that's the highest level of competition for my dog's breed and we have a lot of ground to cover if I plan on making that goal. Anyway, that's just a couple examples, and as I knock things off the list it seems other non-planned opportunities arise. I'm bored with my life and need to find some excitement!
I guess December was pretty uneventful for tack making. I did work on making a racing saddle so I could take progress photos for the magazine article. The saddle looked pretty good actually, but it wasn't something I was planning to finish so I decided just to chuck it. Oh well! I'm tired of making racing tack right now anyway.
I started up working on my Lg. Traditional draft harness some more, and I think it'll be phenomenal when I'm done! I haven't seen any Lg. Traditional harnesses on Equus Maximus before since you have to create some of the major the hardware by hand, so this might be something special. I had initially started at the front with the bridle and such, but kind of hit a wall when I needed a large enough bit and the hames. So, I'm picking up work from the back. Here's photos of what I'm doing so far:
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So, now you can see why I'm taking so long on this set. I want to have as much detail as I can fit, and since it's in a larger scale, I can throw in working parts. The trick is getting them to actually work :) Anyway, I think I'm going to take another break and go watch a movie. I'm happy to report that it's Jan 1st, and we still don't have snow on the ground! I wish the whole winter would be snow free!